Happy July girls!
I’m so excited for this new series; we may even revisit it later this year.
We’re talking about our favorite women of the Bible, and what their lives can teach us today.
I’m kicking things off with Sarah, the only woman in the Bible who had her name changed by God. Her name was Sarai, which means ‘my princess’.
God changed it to Sarah, which means ‘princess to all’. Which is completely awesome. Let’s dive into her story.
Sarah and Abraham were promised a baby by God. They would be the family to start the entire nation of Israel – kind of a big deal I’d say! They were blessed and they were eagerly awaiting for the baby to come along.
But then years passed. Years and YEARS of waiting and both Sarah and Abraham had basically lost hope. They were old enough to be grandparents! I’m sure they felt like maybe they had misunderstood God. They had lived their whole life and no baby had arrived.
One day Abraham had three visitors. Scripture tells us that Abraham recognized these men as either three angels or God and two angels (There’s a few theories on this, but you can check out the story for yourself in Genesis 18). He welcomes them, feeds them, and then they tell him why they came. They’re here to tell him that by this time next year Sarah will have a baby boy.
Sarah, who was listening outside the tent (just like we totally would do too), laughed to herself. “Now God? I’m way too old to have a baby now!”
The angel heard her laughing thoughts and said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Is anything too hard for God?”
(I’m assuming at this point Sarah jumped back from having her ear pressed to the tent wall!)
Of course you girls know the rest. They did indeed have a little boy named Isaac (which means laughter-how perfect!) and the nation of Israel had begun.
God kept His promise AND made the birth of this little boy a miraculous one, just because He could.
Mini women, God made them a promise and He did deliver. But it was on His timing and He waited until it could be called a miracle. He didn’t follow our usual idea of how life should go.
Girls God cares about you and I know He has great and unique plans for each of you. He knows the deepest desires of your heart and I believe it is good and right for you to pray for what you want your future to look like.
Just know that if God has His own plans, He’ll have his own timetable also. His timing is perfect. You trust in Him, and wait patiently, and He will honor you, just like He did for Sarah.
In the comments below, tell us what you’re trusting God to help you with. And then we all can pray for each other to have patience while we’re waiting!